20 September 2011

Two For Tuesday - Cayce Zavaglia

Hello friend, what a treat I have for you today.
I've been saving this for some time and I hope that you enjoy this gift as much as I did when I first unwrapped it.
Before I tell you a little more about the art that we will be 'playing' with today, I wonder if you can guess the medium that the artist has used?

Did you say embroidery wool?
That's right, both of these pieces have been created entirely with thread!
The artist is Cayce Zavaglia and this is what she says about her art:

"I still consider myself a painter and find it difficult not to refer to these embroidered portraits as "paintings". Although the medium employed is crewel embroidery wool, the technique borrows more from the worlds of drawing and painting.
Initially, working with an established range of wool colours proved frustrating. Unlike painting, I was unable to mix the colours by hand. Progressively, I created a system of sewing threads in a sequence that would ultimately give the allusion of a certain colour or tone.
The direction in which the threads were sewn had to mimic the way lines are layered in a drawing to give the allusion of depth, volume, and form.  Over time the stitches have become tighter and more complex but ultimately more evocative of flesh, hair, and cloth."

Are you as astounded as I am?
I would dearly love to see Cayce's work in real life as I think it would be phenomenal to be able to get really close and see the stitches, then walk backwards watching as the image altered with distance.
I'm sure that you would like to see more of these incredible portraits, pop on over to her website here.

As we play with this art today, I'm happy for you to either comment on the art as a process or to tell me what lies behind the eyes of today's portraitures.

Happy day my friend, I hope that there is much in the little details that positively astounds you.


  1. I am such a state of shock at the amazingness of this I don't think I can even comment about it further. WOW!

  2. Wow, that is incredible- I would love to see them in real life as well.

  3. WHAT?! OMG, I never would have guessed. Crewel??? Amazing!

  4. Breathtaking.

    Both men have the eyes, been there done that.

  5. Oh wow, these are amazing and gorgeous. What talent! I would love to see them up close too...

    Wisdom and experience, life and love and loss. Eyes tell so much.

  6. Boy, you really pulled the wool over our eyes this time! I like the dimension that the portraits have. Even before I read they were wool, I really felt tempted to touch them. Yet, the definition in them is incredible.

  7. Amazing, just incredible!!
    Funnily enough, we're in tune as i did a post on stitching today, nothing as amazing as this though, wow, love Posie

  8. Such world weariness in their eyes which evokes a certain sadness in me. The first fellow also has an acceptance there (of having his portrait made?),the second fellow is a bit taken aback at whatever is happening to him. I never would have guessed the medium of these 'paintings' although I detected some pixelation.

  9. oh wow! they are amazing, so much detail! x

  10. Amazing artwork!

    The man in the first pic looks vulnerable and uncomfortable posing.

    The second man has a sense of profound sadness. I feel sad looking at him.

    I would love to see this artwork in real life.

  11. I AM as amazed as you. That is INCREDIBLE!

    Thanks for sharing such astounding talent.



  12. Just unbelievable. In the truest sense. What an artist! J x

  13. wow, i've seen it done commercially/digitally so in the first moment i wasn't impressed since i thought this is what that was too. but since this is done by hand it is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! i am impressed.

  14. The talent and creativity of people never fails to floor me. Her 'paintings' are absolutely incredible. x

  15. these are amazing. I've seen quite some pieces made of fabric or string, but never anything so stunning. thanks for sharing :)



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